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    #1

    Is it possible to use ' a' before 'most'?

    Is it possible to say:

    It's a most unforgettable thing in my life.
    instead of:It's the most unforgettable thing in my life.

    Is it in fact possible to use 'a' before 'most'? Any examples/exceptions?
    Thanks for replies in advance.

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    Re: Is it possible to use ' a' before 'most'?

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    Is it possible to say:

    It's a most unforgettable thing in my life.
    instead of:It's the most unforgettable thing in my life.
    No
    Is it in fact possible to use 'a' before 'most'? Any examples/exceptions?
    There are 1,130 COCA citations for 'a most unusual + adjective'.

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    #3

    Re: Is it possible to use ' a' before 'most'?

    marker, if you see a followed by most, and then by an adjective, you can take it for granted that the most means very in such a case.

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    Re: Is it possible to use ' a' before 'most'?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    marker, if you see a followed by most, and then by an adjective, you can take it for granted that the most means very in such a case.

    So it's possible to use 'a' before 'most' although it seems to be very rare.

    a + most = very
    the + most = most of all

    Am I right?

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    #5

    Re: Is it possible to use ' a' before 'most'?

    It's not very rare when used to mean "very."

    Welcome to a most joyous occasion.
    It was a most beautiful day.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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